Child and Adolescent Development


College of Health and Human Development

B.A., Child and Adolescent Development

Requirements for the Bachelor of Arts Degree 

1. Lower Division Required Courses 

Introduction to the Field (10 units) 

CADV 150 Foundations of Child and Adolescent

Development (3)

MATH 140 Introductory Statistics (4)*

PSY 150 Principles of Human Behavior (3)*

*Also counts as General Education 

2. Upper Division Required Courses 

Modes of Inquiry (8 units)** 

CADV 380/L Methods of Child and Adolescent Study and Lab I (3/1)

CADV 381/L Methods of Child and Adolescent Study and Lab II (3/1)

**Note: Students double-majoring in Psychology may use PSY 320/L and PSY 321/L to fulfill the “Modes of Inquiry” requirement 

Domains of Development (6 units) 

CADV 350 Applied Cognitive Development (3)

CADV 352 Applied Social Development (3)

Cultural/Linguistic Contexts of Child and Adolescent Development (9 units) 

CADV 460 Race, Ethnicity, Gender and Culture in Development (3)

Choose 1 of the following Cultural Contexts courses: 

AAS 355 Biracial and Multiracial Identity (3)

AAS 450 The Asian American Child and the Schools (3)

AAS 453 Asian American Families (3)

ARMN 440 The Armenian American Child (3)

CHS 430 The Chicana/o Child (3)

CHS 431 The Chicana/o Adolescent (3)

CHS 432 Counseling the Chicanao/o Child (3)

PAS 420 The Black Child (3)

PAS 421 Strategies for Black Child Development (3)

Choose 1 of the following Linguistic Contexts courses: 

ANTH 310 Language in Culture: Anthropological Linguistics (3)*

CHS 433 Language Acquisition of the Chicano (3)

CHS 482 Language of the Barrio (3)

DEAF 360 American Deaf Culture (3)

ENG 301 Language and Linguistics (3)

ENG 405 Language Differences and Language Change (3)

LING 441 Sociolinguistics (3)

PAS 395 Bilingualism in the African American Community (3)

SPAN 310 Language and Contemporary Life (3)

*Also counts as General Education 

Professional Development: Choose Pattern A or 

Pattern B (12 units) 

Students are eligible to apply for and complete a Department- Sponsored Internship (Pattern A) or expand their breadth and/or depth of knowledge in connecting theory-to-practice through course work (Pattern B).

Pattern A—Department Sponsored Year-Long Internship

CADV 470 Advanced Theories in Child and Adolescent Development (3)

CADV 394* Child and Adolescent Development Internship I (3)

CADV 494* Child and Adolescent Development Internship II (3)

Complete an additional 3 units from any course(s) listed in Pattern B (see below) 

Pattern B—Practitioner-Based Skill Sets and Content Areas

CADV 470 Advanced Theories in Child and Adolescent Development (3)

And choose any 3 of the following courses: 

CADV/RTM 406/L Enhancing Childhood Creativity (2/1)

CADV 450 Helping Children Cope with Medical Environments (3)

CADV 451 Alternative Approaches to Discipline (3)

CADV 452 Child Advocacy (3)

CADV 495A* Child and Adolescent Development Graduate School Skills and Applied Research Training I (3)

CADV 495B* Child and Adolescent Development Graduate School Skills and Applied Research Training II (3)

CADV 497AA-ZZ Selected Topics (3)

CADV 499C* Independent Study (3)

FCS 480 The Helping Professional (3)

SOC 459 Child Welfare (3)

*Students interested in enrolling in these courses must complete an application available at the Department Office (SQ 285). 

3. Electives (12 units) 

Choose any 12 units of course work from the list below. Although some courses listed below can be used to fulfill other requirements for the major, courses used for such requirements may not be used to satisfy the electives in the major.

Development 

CADV 250 The Child and Adolescent Profession

CADV/PSY 327 Infancy and Early Childhood (3)

CADV/PSY 335 Middle Childhood (3)

CADV/PSY 361 Adolescence (3)

CADV/RTM 406/L Enhancing Childhood Creativity (2/1)

CADV 451 Alternative Approaches to Discipline (3)

CADV 497AA-ZZ Selected Topics

ENG 301 Language and Linguistics (3)

LING 417 Language Development and Acquisition (3)

FCS 335 Prenatal and Infant Development (3)

FCS 438 Adolescents in the Family Context (3)

Atypical Development 

PSY 310 Behavior Disorders (3)

PSY 317 Psychopharmacology (3)

PSY 351 Behavioral Psychology and Therapy (3)

PSY 406 Developmental Psychopathology (3)

PSY 454 Clinical Psychology (3)

PSY 464 Cognitive and Behavioral Intervention Techniques (3)

SOC 348 Juvenile Delinquency (3)

SPED 400 Introduction to Special Education (3)

SPED 401A Instruction in Special Education: Assessment and Instruction (3)

SPED 402A Behavior Assessment and Positive Behavior

Support (3)

SPED 431 Atypical Development of Infants and

Toddlers (3)

Education 

ART 383 Art in Early Childhood (3)

ART 479 Art Education Across Cultures (3)

CADV 406/L Enhancing Childhood Creativity (2/1)

CADV 452 Child Advocacy (3)

CADV 451 Alternative Approaches to Discipline (3)

ENG 428 Children’s Literature (3)

ENG 429 Adolescent Literature (3)

EPC 314 Psychological Foundations, K-12 (3)

EPC 315 Psychological Foundations of Learning and Teaching (3)

FCS 433 Administration of Children’s Programs (3)

FCS 436 Parental Development (3)

KIN 370/L Physical Education in Early Childhood Education (2/1)

KIN 470/L Physical Education for Children (2/1)

MUS 361/L Music Literature for Children (2/1)

MUS 362/L Music for Early Childhood (2/1)

PSY 312 Psychological Aspects of Parenthood (3)

RTM 305 Dynamics of Early Childhood Play (3)

RTM 352 Play and Human Potential (3)

Counseling 

ART 481 Art as Therapy (3)

CADV 450 Helping Children Cope with Medical Environments (3)

EPC 451 Fundamentals of Counseling and

Guidance (3)

FCS 340 Marriage and Family Relations (3)

FCS 432 Family Theories

FCS 480 The Helping Professional (3)

PSY 460 Counseling and Interviewing (3)

PSY 483 Principles of Human Relations (3)

SOC 345 Social Psychology (3)

SOC 426 Social Legislation and Social Policy (3)

SOC 459 Child Welfare (3)

SOC 481 Counseling, Interviewing and Intervention (3)

Culture, Language and Development 

AAS 355 Biracial and Multiracial Identity (3)

AAS 450 The Asian American Child and the

Schools (3)

ANTH 310 Language in Culture (3)

ARMN 440 The Armenian American Child (3)

CHS 430 The Chicana/o Child (3)

CHS 431 The Chicana/o Adolescent (3)

CHS 432 Counseling the Chicana/o Child (3)

CHS 433 Language Acquisition of the Chicano/a and ESL Speakers (3)

DEAF 485 Issues in American Sign Language (3)

ENG 301 Language and Linguistics (3)

LING 417 Language Development and Acquisition (3)

PAS 420 The Black Child (3)

PAS 421 Strategies for Black Child Development (3)

SPAN 310 Language and Contemporary Hispanic

Life (3)

Research, Methodology and Assessment 

CADV 380/L Methods of Child and Adolescent Study and

Lab I (3/1)

CADV 381/L Methods of Child and Adolescent Study and

Lab II (3/1)

CADV 495A Graduate School Skills and Applied

Research I (3)

CADV 495B Graduate School Skills and Applied

Research II (3)

CADV 499C Independent Study (3)

FCS 431/L Child Growth and Development II (3/1)

PSY 320/L Statistical Methods in Psychological Research and Lab (3/1)

PSY 321/L Research Methods in Psychology

and Lab (3/1)

PSY 420/L Advanced Statistical Methods and Lab (3/1)

PSY 492SOC Professional Development in the Social

Sciences I (1)

PSY 493SOC Professional Development in the Social

Sciences II (1)

RTM 403 Evaluation Research in Recreation and Human Services (3)

General Education 

Several major courses also meet GE requirements. CADV 150 meets Social Sciences Lower Division GE. MATH 140 is a Basic Skills course. ANTH 310, FCS 340 and RTM 352 meet Upper Division General Education requirements.

 

Total units in the Major 57 


Honors Program in Child and Adolescent Development
This program provides students with opportunities to develop and
strengthen specific competencies, such as academic writing, research
skills and community engagement that are essential for entrance into
post-baccalaureate degree granting programs. To earn the Department
Honors designation on University transcripts a student must:
a. Be a Child and Adolescent Development major;
b. Complete CADV Honors Program petition by the annual deadline;
c. Complete a minimum of 45 units in letter-graded courses at CSUN;
d. Score of 10 or better on the Upper Division Writing Proficiency
Examination;
e. Complete CADV 394B/494B or CADV 495A-B;
f. Earn a “B” or better in CADV 470; and
g. Earn a 3.50 GPA or better in courses the following courses: CADV
150 or equivalent; CADV 250; CADV 350; CADV 352; CADV
380/L or PSY 320/L or FCS 431/L; CADV 460; ANTH 310 or
ENG 301; LING 417; MATH 140 or equivalent; PSY 321/L.
Pursuing a Multiple Subject Preliminary Teaching Credential
Child and Adolescent Development majors interested in pursuing a
Multiple Subject Teaching (MST) Credential at CSUN may begin
completing selected requirements before earning the B.A. Degree that
may decrease time to complete the credential. Students interested in
beginning course work toward the MST Credential:
1. May complete the following four classes: (a) EED 500-Fundamentals
of Teaching; (b) EED 515-Basic Technology Methods; (c) ELPS
417-Equity and Diversity in School; and (d) HSCI 496 during their
junior or senior years.
2. Are eligible to formally apply to the CSUN Credential Program (upon
completion of EED 417, 500, 515 and HSCI 496).
Note: Student must have a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.75
3. Are eligible to enroll in EED 520-Teaching Reading in Elementary
School and EED 565M-Mathematics Curriculum and Methods
(upon admission into the Credential Program).
4. Are strongly encouraged to prepare for and pass the California
Subject Examination for Teachers (CSET) (www.cset.nesinc.com)
as passing this exam is required before students can complete the
student teaching requirement of the program.
For more information on earning the Multiple Subject Teaching
Credential visit the Elementary Education section of the Catalog and
contact the CSUN Credential Office for advisement. The Credential
Program advisors and staff can be reached at (818) 677-2586.
Obtaining a Child Development Permit
The Child Development Permit is a state of California-authorized
credential that verifies completion of the requirements established by
the Commission on Teacher Credentialing (CTC) (www.ctc.ca.gov/
credentials/CREDS/child-dev-permits.html) for assisting, teaching or
supervising in a child development program (e.g., pre-kindergarten/
early childhood education programs) in the state of California. Students
who complete the Minor in Childcare Administration (see Family and
Consumer Sciences) will have satisfied course work and practicum/
fieldwork requirements for the permit. Most undergraduate students
pursuing careers in Early Childhood Education are eligible for financial
support (grants and stipends) through the Child Development
Training Consortium (www.childdevelopment.org).